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1848 After a nightmarish journey, 72 Scots immigrants arrive in Georgetown. They left Glasgow on the Lulan, part of a group of 121 Highlanders bound for Cape Breton and the Island. After smallpox carried off 24 of 186 passengers and crew, the survivors were quarantined at Pictou.
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Events and Activities

Upcoming Events In The Carriage House

Beaconsfield Historic House 
2 Kent Street


Book Launch

November 15th at 7 pm

"The Cove Journal" by JoDee Samuelson

November 20th, 7:30-9:00 pm

"Stories About Storytellers" by Douglas Gibson

Doug Gibson will be in Charlottetown at Beaconsfield's Carriage House, telling stories about his work and friendships with Canada’s celebrated authors. A charming and witty performer, Gibson calls his talk a "road show." He will be on tour throughout Atlantic Canada.

Douglas Gibson is Canada’s most famous living book publisher and editor. In his 45-year career, he edited and published luminous constellations of Canadian authors including Alice Munro, Pierre Trudeau, Alistair MacLeod, Ken Dryden, Brian Mulroney, Hugh MacLennan, Robertson Davies, W.O. Mitchell, Mavis Gallant, and Barry Broadfoot.


Public Lecture

Geoscience Talk - "Globetrotting in Nova Scotia" 
November 22, 7:00- 8:00 pm


Beginners Welcome for Heritage Social Dance Group at Beaconsfield 

New dancers are welcome for this autumn's Heritage Social Dance Group at Beaconsfield dance evenings.  Dancing will begin on Wednesday September 12, from 7:00 to 9:15 pm at the Beaconsfield Carriage House in Charlottetown.  The Carriage House is located on West Street, behind Beaconsfield Historic House, 2 Kent Street.  No previous dance experience is needed, and a partner is not required.

The social dances that are learned are from several historical set dancing traditions that were popular during the 18th and 19th centuries and are still danced today around the world – Scottish country, English country, quadrilles, and round dances.

Each evening, time will be devoted for beginners and less experienced dancers to learn basic steps and formations as they occur in simple dances. There will also be more complex dances and formations for experienced dancers.

In addition to regular classes, group members dance from time to time in the community at seniors’ homes and at events such as Highland Games and heritage fairs. A dance party in early December will feature a program of favourite dances from the autumn classes.


For further information or to register, contact either:

Karen Beauregard -; tel (902)569-5877


Chris Scott -; tel (902)724-2278


PEI Genealogical Society 
Saturday, November 17th at 2:00 PM

The PEI Genealogical Society invites you to a public meeting to be held on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House located at the corner of Kent & West Streets in Charlottetown.

The guest speaker will be Mr. Hillard MacKinnon who will speak on the two books that he has published: “Donald McPhee of Brae, PEI and His Descendants” and “Richard Garrett of Fairfield, PEI and His Descendants 1835-2014”. Don’t miss this chance to hear about family connections separated by Island geography with West Prince on one hand and Eastern Kings on the other.


              Beaconsfield Bookstore & Gift Shoppe
Visit our gift shop featuring Island books, magazines,
pottery, and handmade soaps

For more information about Beaconsfield Historic House or events in the Carriage House, please call 902-368-6603 or email